LeBron James vs. Derrick Rose: How Superstars Have Stacked Up Throughout Careers

August 6th, 2013 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

Derrick Rose won't board the "LeBron James is the best player in the NBA" train.

Asked by CNN's Pedro Pinto who the league's best player was, Rose responded by saying "Derrick Rose."


Refusing to admit that LeBron was the correct answer was no ordinary slight.

Self-sustaining egos fuel the Association's superstars. Conceding that you're not the best at what you do would have been out of character not just for Rose, but any All-Star.

What was truly unique about Rose's not-so-subtle exclusion was its lack of absurdity.

Whether or not you care to admit it, you can say Derrick Rose thinks he's better than LeBron James without laughing. We know it's not true, but as the youngest MVP in NBA history, Rose's contention is not one that can be so readily dismissed.

For the Chicago Bulls superstar, it's really not about him being better than LeBron now. Four years separate the two and LeBron has been in the league twice as long (10 years). A full generation almost comes between them, similar to the distance between LeBron and Kobe.

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